Where Croatia meets the Adriatic, this heart-shaped peninsula just to the south of Italy offers delights of rolling hills with beautiful hilltop villages and secluded spots which are plentiful along the coast. 

With a sprinkle of historical charm, it’s a little slice of heaven and, with Croatia rapidly becoming one of the most unexpected and popular tourists destinations, the Istria region is bustling, beautiful, and readymade to provide your family with a memorable holiday. 

You Said

"Beautiful location, great weather, good over all."

John from Barrow in Furness

Your Regional Specialist Kim

“Self-styled 'Europe as it used to be', Croatia is great for families who love to experience emerald-clear seas, vibrant culture, and superb scenery. Istria feels undoubtedly Italian with places, names, and language which will remind you of Venice. It's got its own charm, though, and it makes for a unique holidaying experience."

Hidden Gem: Hum

Hum is officially the smallest town in the world. It is situated to the South east of Buzet, home to 12th century frescoes and the centre of old Slavic and Glagolithic script.

Old Favourite: Ampitheatre, Pula

The most famous and important monument in the area. Once the home of epic Gladiator fights it’s now the setting for summer performances - the Film Festival, Opera Season, Equestrian Festival and concerts.

Local Cuisine: Fishing boat picnic

The perfect way to enjoy your lunch. Set sail on a real fishing boat with a panoramic view of the coast. Enjoy the magical sea and a swim followed by a freshly prepared fish picnic.

What to See & Do: Porec

Porec is a perfectly symmetrical peninsula complete with `ready-made' natural harbour, protected by St Nicholas island. It's a tiny city yet steeped in history, whose neatly planned latticework of shiny, cobbled streets could certainly tell a story or two from the last 2,000 years.

Festivals & Events: Malvasia Wine Festival

Usually held in June on Porec’s waterfront, this is a real celebration of Istria’s fine wines. 3 days of over 40 wine makers at the ready to attend your taste buds. Sit back and enjoy live music while sipping on Istria’s finest.

Beaches & Lakes: Local Coast

Istria's handsome coastline, projecting like a jewel-encrusted finger into the glistening, turquoise Adriatic Sea. There are plenty of secluded areas and the water is always warm – perfect for sunbathing and swimming sessions.